"50 years in 50 minutes"
Presented by Richard Wiedhopf, President of TCSS
From the first meeting in December 1960 to the Good Time Silent Auction a week or so ago the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society has been going strong for 50 years. Pictures and stories about the members and events of the society will be highlighted. Dick is the Assistant Dean for Finance and Facilities and Curator of the History of Pharmacy Museum at the College of Pharmacy at The University of Arizona. He has been associated with the College for 48 years receiving BS and MS degrees and has published research on the chemistry of plants with potential anti-cancer agents.
For the last 30+ years his focus has been on finance and facilities. Dick and his wife Pat are long time members of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, joining in 1970. Dick currently serves as president. He has co-chaired all the Sonoran conferences and is one of the founders of the Tucson Society's Plant Rescue program, which has saved over 46,000 cacti & succulents from destruction due to large-scale land development. Dick has been a member of the CSSA since 1975 and coordinated the 1977 convention in Tucson, was host President for the 1995 Tucson Convention and Program Chairman for the 2001 Los Angeles Convention. He is a grower and collector of all things cacti and succulent. Please join us for a look at 50 memorable years.
SPECIAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY FREE PLANT
CARNEGIEA GIGANTEA-GIANT SAGUARO
Want to get involved with a special event... that will only happen once in 50 years? Receive a one gallon seed grown Giant Saguaro. Plant it, nurture it, watch it grow and measure it's growth once every October and send your results annually in order to follow the growth from year to year. A special page will be set up to track and follow the growth of your seedling Saguaro. We can track how many Saguaros were initially planted, and see how they age each year, what will five and ten years produce in height? Who know's...when will the first one branch and throw an arm and how long will the first plants take to produce the first flowers? Stay Tuned for more details. Okay..so you have the Saguaro, you have the fertilizer, measure and record the date of planting, log details at the TCSS Website, dig the hole...plant the Saguaro, water and fertilize and off we go.
Those with family names beginning with C, D, E, F and G, H, I please bring your choice of refreshments to the meeting. Your generous sharing will be greatly appreciated and enjoyed!